The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - July 4th, 2013

Bruce Bennett

Have a look at the signing that's gone on in the off-season and the free agents that are available.

Um, what was that four-month lockout all about again?

As NHL teams rush to reach deals with potential free agents (even as others scramble to reduce payrolls to the $64.3-million US salary cap for the 2013-14 season) the money that has been spent in the last month has been mind-boggling.

From the time Patrick Bordeleau inked his three-year, $3-million extension with the Colorado Avalanche back on June 6, up until Jordan Leopold's two-year, $4.5-million extension with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, there have been a whopping 21 players signed to 58 years and $172.65 million worth of contracts.

Thirteen more players, to a tune of 70 years and $106.02 million, have been given their freedom with compliance buyouts.

Quebec is undeterred with the Coyotes staying in Phoenix - for now.

Quebec has begun building a $400-million arena, with mainly public money, in the hope of bringing back a pro team to replace the old Nordiques.

The initial intention when the arena project began was to bring over the Coyotes. But now there’s speculation that any move to Quebec City would have to occur through expansion.

Labeaume said he’s still “convinced” Quebec City remains part of the NHL’s plans.

Jarret Stoll was hospitalized after suffering a seizure.

Los Angeles Kings centre Jarret Stoll was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a seizure.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Stoll fell ill at his Hermosa Beach home.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Times that he visited Stoll in the hospital and the “bottom line is that he’s fine. Now the issue is what caused it.”

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